In addition to the already proposed third-generation (3G) cellular technology, Islamabad is likely to sell 4G spectrum as it carries out the much-awaited license auction for the next-generation mobile internet services this March.
PTA plans to put 4G spectrum on sale in 2014
The Information Memorandum (IM) is in its final stages and includes recommendation for selling some spectrum in 1,800 megahertz (MHz), which is a popular band for 4G technology. The recommendation for 4G spectrum will be subject to the government’s approval but PTA is very optimistic about a positive response.
By putting 4G spectrum on auction, the government would be able to raise a higher amount and the consumers would get advanced technology at the same time. If approved by the government, the decision to sell 4G spectrum would be in line with what the experts have been suggesting lately.
Parvez Iftikhar – Former chief of Universal Services Fund, said:
[pull_quote_center]Along with 3G, the government should auction whatever spectrum is available in the 4G band because it is in the greater national interest,” former chief of Universal Services Fund and an expert on information communications technology.[/pull_quote_center]
Wireless broadband would become available immediately and cheaply through 3G while actual groundwork would begin for 4G, if auctioned. Even if we sell 4G spectrum today, it will take the service providers about a year to launch the service.